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The Sun Is Also a Star (Yoon, Nicola) Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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An Amazon Best Book of November 2016: Over the course of a single day in New York City, two teenagers who have nothing in common randomly meet and fall in love. Now I know that sounds absurdly cliché, but somehow in Nicola Yoon’s hands, it doesn’t read that way. Natasha is a practical young woman trying to keep her family from being deported in a matter of hours. Daniel is a poet at heart, but on this day he is dutifully making good on his familial commitment to a college interview. The two are inexplicably drawn to each other and somehow their paths keep converging. The novel is told in alternating points of view, and one of the special touches of Yoon’s book are the chapters narrated by people who are unintentionally part of Natasha and Daniel’s story, mirroring our almost spooky interconnectedness. The Sun is Also a Star is a thought-provoking story of possibility, fate, and the illogical beauty of love. --Seira Wilson, The Amazon Book Review
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Gr 8 Up—It is Natasha's last day in New York City, where she has lived for 10 years. Her family, living as undocumented immigrants in a small Brooklyn apartment, are being deported to Jamaica after her father's arrest for drunk driving. Natasha is scouring the city for a chance to stay in the United States legally. She wants the normal teen existence of her peers. Meanwhile, poetic Daniel is on his way to an interview as part of his application process to Yale. He is under great pressure to get in because his parents (who emigrated from South Korea) are adamant that he become a doctor. Events slowly conspire to bring the two leads together. When Daniel and Natasha finally meet, he falls in love immediately and convinces her to join him for the day. They tell their stories in alternating chapters. Additional voices are integrated into the book as characters interact with them. Both relatable and profound, the bittersweet ending conveys a sense of hopefulness that will resonate with teens. VERDICT This wistful love story will be adored by fans of Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park and by those who enjoyed the unique narrative structure of A.S. King's Please Ignore Vera Dietz.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
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*Small spoiler* While I think many individuals are noting that this appears to have the predictable ending, I would argue that it does NOT -- this was just pointed out to me by one of my sharp-eyed students (I'm a high school English teacher and I always pass my books along). A careful reader might note the subtitles below each chapter title -- and therefore, the Epilogue - and perhaps even the last chapter prior to that - should not be considered a part of the novel's primary plot. The last true chapter reflects an individual favoring Natasha's initial perspective, somewhat cynical and very factual based while the Epilogue *<insert other character's name to avoid any spoiler> an Alternate History favors a reader with a more romantic perspective, like Daniel's primary worldview. However, the fact that the Epilogue is subtitled an Alternate History kind of implies that it didn't actually happen. In which case, my heart broke for other reasons not related to Natasha or Daniel. Overall, I just thoroughly enjoyed this book as it definitely strays from the YA predictable norm, in my humble opinion.
• OMG! THIS BOOK! So many feels!
• I'm honestly not even sure where to begin. I feel like this book turned my brain into complete mush and I am having a hard time having coherent thoughts. There is just so much to talk about and it's all amazing.
• Natasha and Daniel were amazing. Natasha is an illegal Jamaican immigrant and while Daniel was born in America, his parents were not. They were modeled after the author's own relationship which is all kinds of awesome. I loved learning a little bits of information about the Jamaican and Korean cultures, and how they are the same/different here in America. Their families came here for different reasons in different manners and that really shaped the lives of their children.
• At first I wasn't too sure about the style it was written in. Natasha and Daniel are the two main characters but throughout The Sun Is Also a Star there are other POV's and little tidbits of information relevant to the story woven through the story. These parts really came to grow on me, especially the informational ones. We learn about the theory behind eyes, and how it came to be that African-American hair care stores tended to be owned by Koreans. It was all so fascinating!
• There is a lot of discussion in The Sun Is Also a Star over destiny/fate and science. I know that I fall somewhere in the middle of both and I loved that Natasha was full of the science of things and Daniel was full of "meant to be". It was a good mix and I enjoyed how they shifted a little bit in how they feel about things.
• I think my favorite part of the story was how everything was woven in and you see how their chance meeting affected others lives and how those lives affected them. The intertwining was so smooth and really hits home how one small thing can make a difference in the life of someone else.
• Both Natasha and Daniel have someone in their family who is less than awesome. For me, Daniel's brother was THE WORST. Ugh.
• I also liked how Yoon gave us a little snippet of the futures of not just Natasha and Daniel but also some of the other lives in the story. I really liked the ending, even though I wanted to punch a certain person in the face for his actions because things could have turned out differently, but then again, I think that ending would have been too cheesy for me and this one was better.
Overall if you haven't read The Sun Is Also a Star yet run to the bookstore pick it up and read it now. It was AMAZING!
Daniel and Natasha are not typical characters. They're extraordinary. The entire book takes place in one day that with a few changes could have ended a million different ways. I cried at the end, I bawled at the epilogue. This book is beautiful.